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Dr. Yizhaq Makovsky

Dr. Yizhaq Makovsky

Role: Senior Lecturer

Department: Department of Marine Geosciences

Tel: +972-4-8249261 (Inside Univ: 3261) 

Cell Phone: +972-52-3020406

Room: 286

 

Research Interests

My main interest is the through and innovative use of observational geophysics to address geological and environmental questions.

Some of my main research interests are:

  1. The study of traditional and alternative marine energy sources, and the geotechnical and environmental aspects of exploiting them. In particular I intend to focus on gas hydrates, their potential exploitation and response to global changes.
  2. Morphology and recent evolution of the seafloor as an indicator of: recent paleo-environmental and tectonic processes.
  3. Active processes of the geosphere: Paleoseismology and mechanism of faulting; the role of free fluids in the Earth’s crust.
  4. Innovative techniques for monitoring environmental changes (e.g. coral reef bleaching, marine biomass, pollutants accumulation, soil water interaction, etc.).

 

Education

1990-1997 Ph.D. in Geophysics; advisor Simon L. Klemperer. Stanford University, CA, USA.

1987-1990 B.Sc. in Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

 

Professional Experience

Scholarly Positions and Activities

2008-2010

Department chair, Department of Marine Geosciences (in construction), Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.

2007-present

Senior Lecturer (proposed degree), Department of Marine Geosciences (in construction), Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.

2007

Adjunct Research Associate, Rcanati Institute of Marine Studies, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.

2007

Professional management (consultant position) for design and development of geophysical training courses, Paradigm*.

2007

Adjunct Research Associate, Interuniversity Institute of Marine Sciences in Elat, Elat, Israel.

2002-2007

Honorary academic research and students’ guidance in environmental, exploration, crustal, and geotechnical geophysics using seismic, acoustic, ground penetrating radar, and potential methods. Tel Aviv University, Geophysical Institute of Israel, Hebrew University, and Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Participant in Ethiopia Afar Lithospheric Experiment (EAGLE) international project. Papers reflecting some of this work are in preparation for reviewed publications. So far only reports, meeting abstracts, and students’ thesis have been published.

2000-2007

Paradigm: senior consulting geophysicist performing world wide on site service, technology transfer, support, and quality assurance. Specialized on use and development of Paradigm Epos product suite. Carried out time processing, 2D and 3D velocity analysis and PreSDM, AVO, reservoir characterization, and time-depth conversion projects for Exxon-Mobile, Total, PetroBrass, EcoPetrol, Isramco, PDVSA, TPAO, and others; in Canada, France, Angola, China, Venezuela, Colombia, US, UK, Turkey, and more. Also carried on-site training for Paradigm and clients in India, Canada, China, Angola, Israel, Mexico, Brazil, and more. Produced internal reports and developed methodologies that could not be published due to secrecy constraints.

1998-1999

Manager of Paradigm quality assurance department. Also investigation of particular imaging issues.

1997- 1998

Post-doctoral research scientist; European Commission TMR URO network; PI Andres Perez-Estaun; CSIC-IJA, Barcelona, Spain.


Honours and Awards:

1989, 1990 Dean's list for academic achievements, Tel-Aviv University.

Professional Societies (past and present)

  • American Geophysical Union.
  • Society of Exploration Geophysics.
  • European Union of Geosciences
  • Geological Society of Israel.
  • Israeli Association of Marine Research.

Additional Skills and Miscellaneous

Technical skills:

  • Management of several geophysical and other field teams for extended time in remote field locations.
    Paradigm Geophysical seismic processing and interpretation software: use, administration, and development.
  • Promax seismic processing software: use and administration.
  • REFTEK seismic acquisition systems maintenance and data handling.
  • UNIX and Solaris operating systems management experience.
  • C, Fortran, C-shell, and Matlab programming (reasonably fluent).
  • Advanced Technical Diver (TDI).
  • One star SCUBA diving instructor (CMAS). Lead a large number of diving cruises since 1986.
  • Paramedic certification, Israeli Defence Force.

 Publications

ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN REFEREED JOURNALS:

Makovsky, Y. , A. Wunch, R. Ariely, Y. Shaked, A. Rivlin, A. Shemesh, Z. Ben Avraham, A. Agnon, (2008)Quaternary transform kinematics constrained by sequence stratigraphy and submerged coastline features: The Gulf of Aqaba, EPSL,271, 109-122.

Makovsky, Y. , S.L. Klemperer, L. Ratschbacher, and D. Alsdorf, (1999)Mid-crustal reflector truncating the India-Asia suture from INDEPTH wide-angle seismic profiling in southern Tibet?, Tectonics, 18 (5), 793-808.

Makovsky, Y. , and S.L. Klemperer, (1999)Measuring the seismic properties of Tibetan bright-spots: Evidence for free aqueous fluids in the Tibetan middle crust, J. Geophys. Res., 104 (B5), 10,795-10,825.

Alsdorf, D., L.D. Brown, K.D. Nelson, Y. Makovsky, S.L. Klemperer, and W. Zhao, (1998) Crustal deformation of the Lhasa terrain, Tibet Plateau from INDEPTH (International Deep Profiling of Tibet and the Himalaya) seismic reflection profiles , Tectonics, 17 (4), 501-519.

Alsdorf, D., Y. Makovsky, Z. Wenjin, L.D. Brown, K.D. Nelson, S.L. Klemperer, M. Hauck, A. Ross, M. Cogan, M. Clark, J. Che, and J. Kuo, (1998) INDEPTH (International Deep Profiling of Tibet and the Himalaya) multi-channel seismic reflection data: Description and availability , J. Geophys. Res.,103 (B11), 26,993-26,999.

ten Brink, U.S., R.I. Hackney, S. Bannister, T.A. Stern, and Y. Makovsky, (1997) Uplift of the Transantarctic mountains and the bedrock beneath the East Antarctic ice sheet, J. Geophys. Res., 102 (B12), 27,603-27,621.

Makovsky, Y. , S. L. Klemperer, L. Ratschbacher, L. D. Brown, M. Li, W. Zhao, and F. Mung, (1996) INDEPTH wide-angle profiling in southern Tibet: magma beneath the Tibetan rift system, Science, 274, 1690-1691.

Nelson, K. D., W. Zhao, L. D. Brown, J. Kuo, J. Che, X. Liu, S. L. Klemperer, Y. Makovsky, R. Meissner, J. Mechie, R. Kind, F. Wenzel, J. Ni, J. Nabelek, L. Chen, T. Handong, W. Wu, A. G. Jones, J. Booker, M. Unsworth, W. S. F. Kidd, M. Hauck, D. Alsdorf, A. Ross, M. Cogan, C. Wu, E. Sandvol, and M. Edwards, (1996) Partially molten middle crust beneath southern Tibet: synthesis of project INDEPTH results, Science, 274, 1684-1688.

Makovsky, Y. , S.L. Klemperer, L. Huang, D. Lu, and project INDEPTH team, (1996) Structural elements of the southern Tethyan Himalaya crust from wide-angle seismic data, Tectonics, 15, 5, 997-1005.

Zhao, W., K.D. Nelson, and project INDEPTH team, (1993)Deep seismic reflection evidence for continental underthrusting beneath southern Tibet, Nature, 366, 557-559. ( Y. Makovsky appears on the affixed list of INDEPTH team.)

 

ARTICLES IN CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Makovsky, Y. , A. Canning, E. Ragoza, and A. Guchter, (1999) Removing Acquisition footprints in 3D pre-stack migration – an example, Extended Abstract Book, EAGE 61 Conference and Technical Exhibition, 6-05.

BOOKS

Makovsky, Y. , and A. Collyer-Todd *, 2007, GeoDepth 3D Training Manual-Section One, Paradigm, pp. 175.

Makovsky, Y. , and A. Collyer-Todd *, 2007, GeoDepth 3D Training Manual - Section Two, Paradigm, pp. 196.

Makovsky, Y. , and A. Collyer-Todd *, 2007, GeoDepth 3D Training Manual - Section Three, Paradigm, pp. 182.
* Authors names are not disclosed.

 

Ph.D. DISSERTATION

Makovsky, Y., Wide-angle seismic profiling of Southern Tibet, Ph.D. Thesis Advisor:Simon L. Klemperer. Stanford University, CA, USA, July, 1997.

 

OTHER SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS

Gatteno, B., 2006, Quantitative electromagnetic mapping of soil composition and archaeological remains in agricultural areas: Mapping the eastern Roman circus of Caesarea, M.Sc. thesis, Advisors: Z. Ben-Avraham, Y. Makovsky, S. Marco., Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

Makovsky, Y. , A. Agnon, R. Ariely, Z. Ben Avraham, A. Shemesh, C. Zion, A. R. Sade, (2005)Mapping the active morphotectonic system in the head of Eilat Gulf using existing acoustic data – 2004 end of year report, Israel Ministry of Infrastructure report ES-22-2004.

Ben-Gai, Y., U. Frieslander, M. Reznikov, Y. Makovsky, M. Rybakov, L. Fleischer, Y. Rotstein, and R. Hofstetter, (2002) The deep structure and stratigraphy of Central Israel, Geophysical Institute of Israel Report825/171/02.

Makovsky, Y. , S.L. Klemperer , L. Huang , D. Lu , and project INDEPTH team , 1996, (1996) Structural elements of the southern Tethyan Himalaya crust from wide-angle seismic data, Acta Geoscientia Sinica, 17, 2, 153-164.

Makovsky, Y. , (1995) Ground penetrating radar measurements, in U.S. ten Brink and S. Bannister , EAST93 - geophysical traverse from the Transantarctic mountains to the Wilkes basin, east Antarctica, A joint U.S. - N.Z. Science project , U.S. Geological Survrvey Open File Report 95-225 , p. A3.1-A3.5.

Makovsky, Y. , and B. Pinshau , (1982) Cerastes Vipera - a snake of wondering sands (in Hebrew), Teva vaAretz, 24, (6), 250-253.

 

CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS

Makovsky, Y. , (2008) Target Horizon ‘Flattening’: a pragmatic solution for deep 2D sub-salt depth imaging, Israel Geological Society Meeting Abstracts.

Mor, G, B. Rinkevich, H. Azhari, and Y. Makovsky, (2008) A novel method for non-invasive estimation of coral calcification and porosivity using ultrasound tissue recognition techniques, Israel Geological Society Meeting Abstracts.

Medvedev, B., Y.Makovsky, A. Agnon, (2008) Slip partitioning in the Hula basin: new evidence from high resolution geophysics, Israel Geological Society Meeting Abstracts.

Hartman, G., G. Tibor, Z. Ben Avraham, T. Niemi, A. Al-Zoubi, R. A. Sade, J. Hall, A. Akawi, A. Abu-El-Das, Y.Makovsky, (2008) The northern Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba intra-structure complexity, Israel Geological Society Meeting Abstracts.

Politi, M., G. Shamir, Y.Makovsky, A. Agnon, (2008) Branching of the Dead Sea transform at the Hula Basin – evidence from the sub-surface, Israel Geological Society Meeting Abstracts.

Makovsky, Y. , A. Wunch, R. Ariely, Y. Shaked, A. Rivlin, A. Shemesh, Z. Ben Avraham, A. Agnon,(2007)Quaternary transform kinematics constrained by sequence stratigraphy and submerged coastline features: The Gulf of Aqaba, EOS Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl.,T41E-06.

Mechie, J ., R. Kind, R. Meissner, Zhao Wenjin, Shi Danian, Wu Zhenhan, Xue Guangqi, L.D. Brown, S.L. Klemperer, M.S. Karplus, F.J. Tilmann,Y. Makovsky,(2007)Three-component Seismic Observations Within the INDEPTH IV Transect: NE Tibetan Plateau to Qaidam Basin, EOS Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl., T31B-0471.

Karplus, M.S ., S.L. Klemperer, L.D. Brown, Chen Chen, Zhao Wenjin, Shi Danian, Wu Zhenhan, J. Mechie, Heping Su, Xue Guangqi,Y. Makovsky, W.B. Caldwell,(2007)Controlled Source Imaging of the Kunlun Suture, Northeast Tibetan Plateau,EOS Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl., T23G-07 .

Zhao Wenjin, L.D. Brown, Wu Zhenhan, S.L. Klemperer, Shi Danian, J. Mechie, F.J. Tilmann, Heping Su, Xue Guangqi, M.S. Karplus,Y. Makovsky, R. Meissner,(2007)Deep Structure of the NE Tibetan Plateau: Project INDEPTH Phase IV, EOS Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl., T23G-06.

Makovsky, Y. , A. Agnon, R. Ariely, Z. Ben Avraham, A. Shemesh, (2006)Where is the main strand of the Eilat fault? Relict coastlines constrain faults slip in the Gulf of Eilat, Israel Geological Society Meeting Abstracts.

Ariely,R. , Y. Makovsky, A. Agnon A., Z. Ben Avraham, M. Reshef, (2005) The active tectonic-reef-sediment system in the head of Eilat Gulf, Israel Geological Society Meeting Abstracts.

Gatenio, B. , Y. Makovsky, Z. Ben Avraham, S. Marco, (2005) Mapping Agricultural Soil Parameters using Geoelectric Method, Israel Geological Society Meeting Abstracts.

Makovsky, Y. , A. Agnon, Z. Ben Avraham, R. Ariely, Y. Shaked, A. Shemesh, (2004)Evidence for large recent earthquakes in offset relic coast line features offshore Elat, Israel Geological Society Meeting Abstracts, 74.

Herr, N. , Y. Makovsky, U. Shani, (2004)The water dynamics in the soil-rock system of the Avdat group chalk in the Lower Galilee, Israel Geological Society Meeting Abstracts, 50.

Gatenio, B. , Y. Makovsky, Z..Ben-Avraham, S. Marco, (2004) Geophysical Mapping of Archeological Sites in Agricultural Areas, Israel Geological Society Meeting Abstracts, 32.

Makovsky, Y. , Z. Ben Avraham, A. Agnon, A. Shemesh, and R. Gershman, (2003)Combined tectonic and paleoclimatic signature revealed by high resolution imaging offshore Elat, International Workshop on the North Anatolian, East Anatolian, and Dead Sea fault systems, METU Ankara (Turkey), 113.

Makovsky, Y. , Z. Ben Avraham, A. Agnon, Y. Shaked, A. Shemesh, A. Golan, A. Gideon, (2003) High resolution imaging of fault and sedimentary systems offshore Eilat, Israel Geological Society Meeting Abstracts.

Ben-Gai, Y. , L. Flescher, U. Frieslander, A. Hofstetter, Y. Makovsky, M. Reznikov, Y. Rotstein, and M. Ribakov, (2002)Deep structure and stratigraphy of central Israel – preliminary results of vibroseis wide-angle reflection and refraction survey, Israel Geological Society Meeting Abstracts, 14.

Ginzburg, A. , Z. Ben-Avraham, M. Reshef, Y. Makovsky, (2001) Style of faulting in the Dead Sea basin from seismic reflection data , EGS XXVI General Assembly, Nice.

Makovsky, Y. , M. Stiller, D.L. Brown, J. ÁIvarez-Marrón, R. Carbonell, and A. Pérez-Estaún, (1998)Crustal structure of the foreland thrust and fault belt of the southern Urals from URSEIS explosive seismic reflection data, 8 International Symposium on Deep Seismic Profiling on the Continents and Their Margins, p. 110.

Makovsky, Y. , and S.L. Klemperer, (1998)Measuring the seismic properties of Tibetan bight spots: evidence for free aqueous fluids in the Tibetan middle crust, 8 International Symposium on Deep Seismic profiling on the Continents and Their Margins, p. 54.

Lecerf, D. , M. Itzin, F. Wenzel, R. Carbonell, Y.Makovsky, J. Gallart, A. Perez-Estaun, The wide-angle Moho across the southern Urals, EGS XXV General Assembly, Nice, 1998.

Makovsky, Y. , and S.L. Klemperer, (1997) Free aqueous fluids (10% vol.?) at ~15 km depth in Tibet: constraints from INDEPTH seismic data, EOS Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl., 78 (46), 785.

Makovsky, Y. , and S. Klemperer, (1997) Measurement of the seismic properties of the Tibetan bright-spots: aqueous-phase pegmatites?, in 12th Himalaya-Karakorum-Tibet International Workshop, Abstract Volume, edited by L. Angiolini, M. Balini, M. Gaetani, D. Germani, V. Torti, and A. Zanchi, Academia National dei Lincei and Societa Geografica Italiana, Rome, Italy, p. 63.

Makovsky, Y. , and S.L. Klemperer, (1996) Converted shear-wave reflections from the Tibetan middle crust: melt or water?, EOS Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl.,77, (46), 691.

Makovsky, Y. , and S.L. Klemperer, (1996) Converted shear-wave reflectfrom the Tibetan middle crust: melt or water?, in 7th International Symposium on Deep Seismic Profiling of the Continents, Assilomar, CA, p. 32.

Makovsky, Y. , and S.L. Klemperer, (1996)INDEPTH wide-angle profiling in southern Tibet: a mid-crustal reflector truncating the India-Asia suture, in 7th International Symposium on Deep Seismic Profiling of the Continents, Assilomar, CA, p. 73.

Makovsky, Y. , S.L. Klemperer, and L. Ratschbacher, (1996) Mid-crustal reflector truncating the India-Asia suture and magma beneath the Tibetan rift system from wide-angle seismic recording of project INDEPTH , in 11th Himalaya-Karakorum-Tibet workshop, Flagstaff, AZ, p. 91-92.

Makovsky, Y. , L. Ratschbacher, and S. Klemperer, (1996)The making of the Himalayas: a 2-D tectonic interpretation of the India-Asia collision based on INDEPTH data, in 11th Himalaya-Karakorum-Tibet workshop, Flagstaff, AZ, p. 93.

Makovsky, Y. , S.L. Klemperer, and L. Ratschbacher, (1995) India-Asia suture observed on wide-angle seismic data of project INDEPTH, EOS Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl.,76, (46), 566.

Makovsky, Y. , and S.L. Klemperer, (1995) Wide-angle recording in conjunction with Project INDEPTH: velocity structure of Southern Tibet, in 10th Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet workshop, Monte Verita, Switzerland, Abstract Volume, vol. 298, edited by D.A. Spencer, J.-P. Burg and C. Spencer-Cervato, Mitteilungen aus dem Geologischen Institut der ETH und der Universität Zürich, p. 264-266.

Makovsky, Y. , and 20 co-authors, (1994) Wide-angle three-component recording in conjunction with INDEPTH-2; an overview, EOS Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl.,75, (44), 628.

Makovsky, Y. , and 19 co-authors, (1994)Wide-angle three-component recording during INDEPTH-2; new data on the crustal structure of southern Tibet, EOS Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl.,75, (44), 632.

Makovsky, Y. , S.L. Klemperer, and INDEPTH working group, (1993)Wide-angle observations of the main Himalayan Thrust and the Moho South of the Indus-Tsangpo suture zone, EOS Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl.,74, (43), 415.

Makovsky, Y. , S.L. Klemperer, W.J. Zhao, J.K. Che, X.W. Liu, and J. Guo, (1993)Wide-angle observations of the main Himalayan thrust and Moho south of the Indus-Tsangpo Suture, in Geological Society America annual meeting, Boston, MA, vol. 25, p. 123.

Klemperer, S.L. , Y. Makovsky, H. Mendoza, W.J. Zhao, J.K. Che, X.W. Liu, and J.R. Guo, and C.D. Wu, (1992) INternational DEep Profiling of Tibet and the Himalaya: piggyback recording to complement the near-vertical seismic reflection profile , EOS Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl.,73, (43), 544.

Makovsky, Y. , A. Nur, Z. Ben-Avraham, and U. Bason, (1991) Acoustic measurements in gas rich bottom sediments in the Sea of Galilee, EOS Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl.,72, (44), 488.

 

Courses

  • Processing and imaging of seismic data (Semester A).
  • Application of geophysical methods to the investigation of the marine environment (semester B).
  • Practical workshops in processing and analyzing seismic data (scheduled by demand).

 

Courses thought:

2008

Master-level courses thought in the Department of Marine Geosciences, University of Haifa:

 

Analysis and processing of seismic data.

 

Geophysical methods in research of the marine environment.

2007

Co-teaching in the Interuniversity Institute of Marine Sciences in Elat, Elat, Israel.

 

Undergraduate Course: Seafloor Mapping with Prof. Amotz Agnon.

2000-2007

Training courses for Paradigm employees and customers worldwide. Course topics: The Paradigm System Approach, Time Processing, Time and Depth Domain Velocity Analysis and Migrations, and AVO analysis.

 

Invited topical lecturer in the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. Undergraduate Courses: Geophysical Methods, Physics of the Earth, and Seafloor Mapping with Prof. Amotz Agnon.

1999

External lecturer, Tel Aviv University, Israel. Undergraduate Course: Seismic methods in exploration.

1990-1991

Teaching assistant, Stanford University, CA, USA. Graduate Courses: Crustal deformation with Dr. Paul Seagal.

 

Seismic data processing with Dr. Simon Klemperer.

 

Supervision of graduate students:

Graduated Students :

Boaz Gatteno

Graduated MSc. cum laude at Tel Aviv University, 2006: Quantitative electromagnetic mapping of soil composition and archaeological remains in agricultural areas: Mapping the eastern Roman circus of Caesarea. Advisors Z. Ben-Avraham, Y. Makovsky, and S. Marco (In practice I was the main advisor).

   

Current students

 

Isaak Elhanaty

MSc. Student at University of Haifa, Israel. Very-high resolution seismic refraction.

Assaf Tzabar

MSc. Student at University of Haifa, Israel. High resolution seismic imaging of the continental-shelf edge.

Benny Medvedev

Ph.D. student at the Hebrew University: Geophysical study of the Hula basin (preliminary title). Co-advisor with A. Agnon.

Gal Hartman

Ph.D. student at Tel Aviv University: The morphology and evolution of the seafloor in the head of the Gulf of Elat (preliminary title). Co-advisor with Z. Ben-Avraham and G. Tibor.

   

I provided professional guidance also to:
Tal Goldstein (M.Sc.), Odelya Toledano (M.Sc) in Tel-Aviv University.
Nir Herr (Ph.D), Josh Steinberg (M.Sc.) in the Hebrew University.